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The Resource Against purity : living ethically in compromised times, Alexis Shotwell

Against purity : living ethically in compromised times, Alexis Shotwell

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Against purity : living ethically in compromised times
Title
Against purity
Title remainder
living ethically in compromised times
Statement of responsibility
Alexis Shotwell
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"The world is in a terrible mess. It is toxic, irradiated, and full of injustice. Aiming to stand aside from the mess can produce a seemingly satisfying self-righteousness in the scant moments we achieve it, but since it is ultimately impossible, individual purity will always disappoint. Might it be better to understand complexity and, indeed, our own complicity in much of what we think of as bad, as fundamental to our lives? Against Purity argues that the only answer--if we are to have any hope of tackling the past, present, and future of colonialism, disease, pollution, and climate change--is a resounding yes. Proposing a powerful new conception of social movements as custodians for the past and incubators for liberated futures, Against Purity undertakes an analysis that draws on theories of race, disability, gender, and animal ethics as a foundation for an innovative approach to the politics and ethics of responding to systemic problems. Being against purity means that there is no primordial state we can recover, no Eden we have desecrated, no pretoxic body we might uncover through enough chia seeds and kombucha. There is no preracial state we could access, no erasing histories of slavery, forced labor, colonialism, genocide, and their concomitant responsibilities and requirements. There is no food we can eat, clothes we can buy, or energy we can use without deepening our ties to complex webbings of suffering. So, what happens if we start from there? Alexis Shotwell shows the importance of critical memory practices to addressing the full implications of living on colonized land; how activism led to the official reclassification of AIDS; why we might worry about studying amphibians when we try to fight industrial contamination; and that we are all affected by nuclear reactor meltdowns. The slate has never been clean, she reminds us, and we can't wipe off the surface to start fresh--there's no fresh to start. But, Shotwell argues, hope found in a kind of distributed ethics, in collective activist work, and in speculative fiction writing for gender and disability liberation that opens new futures."--
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DLC
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1974-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Shotwell, Alexis
Dewey number
170
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Purity (Ethics)
  • Purity (Philosophy)
  • Conduct of life
  • Civilization, Modern
  • Civilization, Modern
  • Conduct of life
  • Purity (Ethics)
  • Purity (Philosophy)
Label
Against purity : living ethically in compromised times, Alexis Shotwell
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 211-228) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Complexity and complicity : an introduction to constitutive impurity -- Part I. Reckoning with a fraught past. Remembering for the future : reckoning with an unjust past -- "Women don't get AIDS, they just die from it" : memory, classification, and the campaign to change the definition of AIDS -- Part II. Living in an interdependent present. Shimmering presences : frog, toad, and toxic interdependencies -- Consuming suffering : eating, energy, and embodied ethics -- Part III. Shaping unforeseeable futures. Practicing freedom : disability and gender transformation -- Worlds to come : imagining speculative disability futures -- Conclusion : the point, however, is to change it
Control code
1728564
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
236 pages
Isbn
9780816698646
Lccn
2016008376
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780816698646
  • (OCoLC)951157646
Label
Against purity : living ethically in compromised times, Alexis Shotwell
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 211-228) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Complexity and complicity : an introduction to constitutive impurity -- Part I. Reckoning with a fraught past. Remembering for the future : reckoning with an unjust past -- "Women don't get AIDS, they just die from it" : memory, classification, and the campaign to change the definition of AIDS -- Part II. Living in an interdependent present. Shimmering presences : frog, toad, and toxic interdependencies -- Consuming suffering : eating, energy, and embodied ethics -- Part III. Shaping unforeseeable futures. Practicing freedom : disability and gender transformation -- Worlds to come : imagining speculative disability futures -- Conclusion : the point, however, is to change it
Control code
1728564
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
236 pages
Isbn
9780816698646
Lccn
2016008376
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780816698646
  • (OCoLC)951157646

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